What's Up at the Library?
Today, October 5, is the last day to register to vote before the November 2 general election. You can register to vote here at the Library up until 7:30 p.m. Bring two forms of identification; at least one must show your current residence address. And you must be: • A U.S. citizen • At least 18 years of age by Election Day • A resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to an election
Date and time: Wednesday, September 8, 6–7:30 p.m. Location: Hendrickson Room– North Come enjoy free Chipotle burritos and watch this fascinating and informative documentary about where the food you put in your mouth comes from. You'll never look at dinner the same way again! For teens ages 13–18. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
Dates and times: Tuesdays, September 14–November 23, 9:30 a.m.–noon and Wednesdays, September 15–December 1, 7–9:30 p.m. Location: Hendrickson Meeting Room Adult literacy classes are sponsored by District 214’s READ TO LEARN Literacy/Volunteer program for English-speaking adults who are learning to read and/or developing reading skills. There’s no advanced registration. Participants must attend the first meeting date where they will be tested and then notified if they qualify for the class. Classes are free. However, there is a donation request of $10 for materials.
Date and time: Saturdays, September 18 and 25, 2-3:30 p.m. Location: Hendrickson Room In this program led by PBS award-winning artist and teacher, Tricia Fuglestad, you will pose for a photo and use the picture for the background of your individual project. Then you collage text or images from newspaper articles, magazines, or photocopied media into the background to express yourself and your world. A creative project that makes you think! Snacks and drinks provided. No art experience necessary. This program is part of the Engage! teen art project which is made possible through support from the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust and from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Register
Kids' World manager Yvette Johnson reports that 5,000 kids registered in this summer's reading program at the Library. Another 215 middle school students served as junior library volunteers (JLVs) and contributed 2,239 hours of service assisting with the summer reading activities and with the Library's July 4 Parade float. Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library, and develop the habit of reading. "The benefits to young readers participating in a summer reading program are lasting," says Paula Moore, Executive Director at the Library. Reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up, encourages family fun, and can generate interest in reading as a lifelong habit through games, events, and skill-building activities coordinated by the Kids' World staff and volunteers. Also instrumental to the Library's summer reading program success are the Friends of the Library. The Friends contributed funds for t-shirts, Arlington Theater gift certificates, and a wrap-up pizza party for the JLVs. The Friends generate funds through their quarterly used book sales to support items like summer reading incentives, that are not included in the Library's annual operating budget. The Friends' next sale is their Fantastic Fall Sale on the weekend of October 30-31 at the Library. More information about the Friends and their sales.
A new series of free computer and Internet classes is starting. Check out the events calendar on our website for details about classes which run through May 2011. You can register online or at the Reception Desk on the second level, 847-392-0100. Call, look online or pick up a Click brochure for more details and prerequisite information for the computer classes. Classes in August and September: How to Write Book Reviews - August 30 Learn to Use Morningstar Online - September 4 Beginning Mouse Skills - September 11 Introduction to Microsoft Word - September 13 Internet 101: Foundations - September 14 Twitter Foundations - September 21 Introduction to Email - September 21, 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. Internet 102: The Next Step - September 23 Finding People: Now and Then - September 27 Genealogy on the Internet - September 28 Introduction to Microsoft Excel - September 29 How to Download Audiobooks and eBooks - September 30
If you have a lot to do (and who doesn't these days?) and not enough time, use your computer and the Library's drive-up window to get what you need. Go online and reserve your books, movies and music. When they are ready, we'll email you, and you can pick them up at the drive-up window located in the underground parking lot. If you need to drop off materials, there's a book drop right next to it - perfect for a quick stop while out running your errands. Don't forget, the Library's drive-up window is now open Monday–Friday, beginning at 8 a.m., so you can pick things up before you go to work.
If you love to read books and love to discuss them with others, sign up to join one of our book discussion groups. For the following groups, signup is monthly, and the groups are free. Click on each for titles to be discussed. Monday Morning Book Club Mystery Book Group Get Together With Books Novel Experience Nonfiction Book Group Sign up for the entire series for the following groups. Click on each for details and fees. Life Readers: Classic Study Group Great Books Wednesday Afternoon Great Books Wednesday Evenings
Please pardon our dust during our Kids’ World reorganization project. We’re moving things around, replacing the carpet and adding a few more surprises to the area. All kids'’ items will be available during this project, but some are in temporary locations. Look for the following items in the area between New Books and DVDs for adults: Pop-Up Books Board books Picture books EReads J/Y fiction, mysteries and science fiction Kids' World reference World Languages All items will be moved back to their new locations in Kids' World by October 8. If you need assistance locating anything, please ask a staff member.
Date and time: Monday, August 30, 7:30 p.m. Location: Training Center Learn the elements of a succinct book review for sites such as the Library's website and Amazon.com. Come with a book title in mind that you would like to review. You will have the opportunity to submit your review at the end of class. Prerequisites: Basic mouse and keyboarding skills as well as the ability to surf the Web. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.